Prof. Melissa Gregory presented a paper entitled “Infanticide and the Dramatic Monologue: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point,’” at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association in Ann Arbor April 11-13. The theme of the conference was “Victorian Violence.”
Poet and UT Alumnus Anthony Frame (BA and MA English) read from his poetry at the Canaday Center on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

He read some new work, but most was from A Generation of Insomniacs, published by Main Street Rag in 2014.  Here is an excerpt from “How to Write a Poem in Toledo, Ohio.”

Start with the churches, those brilliant buildings

standing at the center of every neighborhood.

Forget about the priests, except that geezer

who murdered the nun thirty years ago…

Read this very personal account of an important life lesson learned by UT English major Paris Black.  She says

How you spend your time in college is completely in your hands, so don’t waste your experience. A quote that got me through this past year is by James Orbinski. He said, “What I’ve experienced is that I can’t know the future. I can’t know anything that I do will change what happens tomorrow, I can’t know with certainty but what I do know is if I do nothing, nothing will change.”

The entire story can be read here: “Paris Black: From procrastination to graduation,” Independent Collegian (April 16, 2014).

Prof. Douglas Coleman presented “‘Deep’ Pockets in a Virtual World” at the 2014 Ohio University CALL Conference on computer-assisted language learning, April 11, Ohio University, Athens, OH.  He spoke on the theoretical importance of the realism added by certain virtual-world functions, such as an adventure-game-style “pocket.”

Ghada Itayem, graduate student in the MA in English – Concentration in ESL, presented “iPad in Language Acquisition: Students’ Perceptions” as part of a panel at the 6th Purdue University Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies & English as a Second Language, April, 5, 2014.
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The University of Toledo Department of English hosted writer Chris Bachelder, author of Bear v. Shark, U.S.! and Abbot Awaits, Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. in Libbey Hall.  Read more in the UTNews article by Aimee Portala.
English Department MA student Terry Kindig presented “Repetition and Example: A Path to Proficiency in Writing” at the University of Toledo Graduate Student Association’s 5th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium on March 29, 2014.

She has in fact been very active over this past academic year, also having presented at three other venues:

  • Annual Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters conference at Oakland University in Rochester,  Michigan held on February 28, 2014.  She was on a Language and Literature panel with the theme “Cross-Cultural Conflicts in 19th and 20th Century Literature.”  Her presentation was titled “Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Voice as a Slave.”
  • On November 7-10, 2013, she attended the 55th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to co-chair a panel of titled “Ekphrastic Representation in Film.”  Her own presentation was “Mimetic Ekphrasis in Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus.’”
  • On October 19, 2013, she presented at the 21st Century Englishes Conference hosted by BGSU –”Literacy Crises, Then and Now: The Multimodal, Multilingual Past, Present, and Future of English Studies.”  Kindig’s presentation was titled “Teaching English and Multiculturalism.”

UT English major LaVelle Ridley has recently presented his research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, April 3-5, 2014. The mission of NCUR is to “promote undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.” LaVelle’s presentation, “Recovering a Living Poet: The Poetry of Herbert Woodward Martin,” was well-received by his fellow undergraduate scholars in African American literature, who provided ample feedback that will aid him in revising the paper for publication.
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Sara Lundquist, Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department, was awarded one of six university-wide Outstanding Teacher Awards for 2013-2014. The award speaks to Dr. Lundquist’s continuing commitment to and passion for teaching, despite her many administrative responsibilities.

Kamal Belmihoub, graduate of the University of Toledo Master’s in English Concentration in English as a Second Language (2012), has been written up in the Purdue Exponent.  He is currently a doctoral student there in Second Language studies and English as a Second Language.  For the entire story, see “Algerian Doctoral Student speaks five languages.”